Renegade Interview: Jamie Kennedy, ‘Buddy Hutchins’

BUDDY HUTCHINS
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Named one of Wicked Channel’s Top 25 Films of 2014, Buddy Hutchins features Jamie Kennedy (Scream, TVs Ghost Whisperer) as you’ve never seen him before!

Buddy Hutchins (Kennedy) is just a regular guy doing his best to support a wife and two kids. A recovering alcoholic, Buddy hasn’t had a drink for the better part of a year, but it turns out the only reward for his good behavior is a failing business and a cheating wife. Throw in a ruthless bounty hunter and an hot-tempered ex, and Buddy’s already short fuse is about to blow. Pushed over the edge and armed with a chainsaw, Buddy Hutchins is out for blood.

Starring Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Tremors 5, Son of the Mask), Oscar Nominee Sally Kirkland (The Sting, JFK), and Sara Malakul Lane (Kickboxer : Vengeance, Scouts vs.Zombies). Written and Directed by Jared Cohn (Jailbait, 12/12/12).

We spoke to Kennedy about the film.

This is quite the departure for you, Jamie. At any time did you feel it too much of a risk?

No, it was very freeing to play a character with no inhibitions.

What was it about the project that first sparked your interest?

I like the fact that Buddy acts out things that most people only think about. We all want to grab a chainsaw at times, but Buddy actually does it.

Having produced your own projects before, did you assist director Jared Cohn with any business or, er, non-acting decisions on the film? Was he open to suggestions?

Jared was very collaborative, this was his baby though, so I let him steer the ship, but he was open to different interpretations of the character.

Have your tastes changed over the years? Do you find yourself chasing different parts now to you did, say, even a decade ago?

Yes, I’d like to do parts that, you know, there’s some psychological complexity to them, that’s what I like to explore now that I’m getting older.

You’ve played so many iconic characters on screen, but do you prefer to be recognized for your comedic work (with The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and so on) or for your work in the original Scream trilogy?

I like them all. I’m very fortunate to be part of the Scream trilogy that will stand the test of time. JKX is it’s own thing that will also stand the test of time, one is horror, one is comedy, but they both made an impact

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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